Visit Guidelines

Thebesttravelled.com differentiates between a ‘good visit’ and a ‘minimal’ visit. In the interest of intercultural understanding, we urge all travellers to aim for a ‘good visit’, which would imply experiencing at least one recognised highlight of a particular region – whether natural, historical, cultural, gastronomic, entertainment or other.

In order for a visit to qualify as valid for thebesttravelled.com, however, a ‘minimal’ visit is required of a traveller. Thebesttravelled.com defines as a minimal visit as:

In the case of international border crossings where there is a border control, clearance of immigration authorities is required, and a visit to the area immediately beyond the immigration area itself is accepted. In the case where there is no border control between nations, standing in an area belonging to a region is accepted.

In the case of regional border crossings, standing beyond the demarcation line between two regions is accepted.

In the case of airport stopovers, standing with both feet in an area beyond the airport area is accepted. In other words, a traveller must be beyond the entrance of the airport area itself or in an area which is clearly not part of the airport per se.

In the case of train transits, standing with both feet in an area beyond the train platform and train station is accepted. In other words, a traveller must be beyond the entrance of the train station itself or in an area which is clearly not part of the train station per se.

In the case of road (bus, car, motorbike) transits, beyond what has already been mentioned regarding international border crossings, standing with both feet within the region is accepted. In the case of bus stations, a traveller must be beyond the entrance of the bus station itself or in an area which is clearly not part of the bus station per se.

In the case of visits to areas by ship/vessel, beyond what has already been mentioned regarding international border crossings, standing with both feet in the region in question is accepted. However, for regions which are uninhabited and do not have any permanently manned stations (Coral Sea Islands, Ashmore and Cartier, Heard and McDonald, Bouvet Island, Clipperton Island), a clear sighting of the land in the region within the territorial waters is accepted.

Once again, in the spirit of real travel, thebesttravelled.com would consider that good visits should be the aim of travellers.

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